Perry Army Airfield
2006 USGS airphoto
|Airport type||Public use|
|Owner||Taylor County, Florida|
|Operator||Bill Roberts Airport Manager|
|Location||Taylor County, Florida|
|Elevation AMSL||45 ft / 14 m|
|Website||http://taylorcountygov.com/airport/index.htm[ Perry-Foley Airport]|
Perry–Foley Airport (IATA: FPY, FAA LID: 40J) is a public-use airport located 3 miles (4.8 km) south of the central business district of the city of Perry in Taylor County, Florida, United States. The airport is publicly owned.
Developed on 862 acres (3.49 km2), Perry Army Airfield became operational on 9 June 1943 as a sub-base to Dale Mabry Army Airfield in Tallahassee, Florida under the authority of the 338th Fighter Group of the Third Air Force.
Perry AAF was a replacement training unit, hosting the 312th and 441st Fighter Squadrons. Pilots received their final training in P-40 Warhawks, P-47 Thunderbolts, and P-51 Mustangs at Perry AAF prior to joining operational units in the European or Pacific theaters.
With the close of hostilities, the last military pilots left Perry AAF in September 1945. The airfield was subsequently deeded to Taylor County by the War Assets Administration in April 1947, and the field reverted to civilian aviation purposes. It has been used as a general aviation airfield ever since.
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